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Automatic Control Systems - Part I: Block Diagrams and Transfer Functions

Shih-Min Hsu, Ph.D., P.E.

In recent years, control systems have gained an increasingly important role in the development and advancement of modern civilization and technology. This course should provide a brief review for readers in the control/system engineering profession or serve as introductory material for readers in a non-control/system engineering profession.

This course begins with the basic tools utilized extensively in Control Systems - block diagrams and transfer functions. Mason's rule, a systematic and algorithmic for solving transfer function of a given system described by its block diagram, is discussed. Part I is concluded with the Routh-Hurwitz Stability Criterion (Routh Test). Part II consists of Laplace Transforms and Time-Domain Analysis. A list of Laplace Transform Table is provided for quick reference. Part III is on Root Locus Technique. The course continues with the Root Locus Technique, Nyquist Stability Criterion, and Body Plot Technique for determining the system stability.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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